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The following market areas are showing increasing numbers of job openings in higher-paid occupations during 2nd Qtr 2011.  Many jobs listings call for licensed healthcare personnel or computer engineering professionals. Service industries around the largest metros are adding jobs from healthcare to accommodations and food service. 

New Jobs in Newer Fields 

Biometrics is a field opening new jobs primarily in eastern Virginia, Washington DC, and Foster City CA.  Over 2,000 jobs related to biometrics were open at May 1 in government, government contractor, and private firms. As biometrics becomes more important in identification in personal, business, and government activities, this field will continue to grow past the 2nd Qtr 2011. The rise of robotics and genetic engineering will contribute to this field as well. 


The Pacific Northwest is full of history and tourist attractions, as well as jobs in Healthcare and Sustainability.   The Top 5 Jobs to increase through 2018 are

  1. Registered Nurses will increase almost 30%
  2. Dining Services:  Casual Dining, Fast Food, Cafeteria, Concessions, and others.
  3. Retail, Grocery, and Food Service Cashiers
  4. Wait Staff – Full Service Dining
  5. General Office Clerks 

At the same time, Physical and Occupational Therapists, Software Engineers, and Account Executives are in highest demand throughout Oregon in May 2011, but Nurses are at #9 on the Top 10 List. 

Find out more about Oregon jobs and resources at   Employment, Education and Travel in Oregon.

Chicago Suburbs

Glencoe is north of Chicago on Lake Michigan and the 16th Wealthiest Town in America. While you may not choose to live in the suburb with more expensive housing costs, living nearby can be of the greatest importance in finding long-term higher paying jobs. These wealth centers are often influential in keeping surrounding housing and businesses cleaner, more prosperous, and less prone to crime. Infrastructure is usually better and revitalization is often key to these areas, funded by business-government partnerships. Local colleges and universities help create additional jobs as well as products and services through their training programs. See: Top 10 High Demand Jobs for Glencoe Il

Seattle Suburbs

Hunts Point, a small community between Seattle and Redmond, is the Number 18 Wealthiest Town in the US, with average income increasing 12% from 2000 – 2008. On a scenic peninsula and just off the Evergreen Point Floating Bridge, the city promotes job development, sustainability, crime prevention, and promotion and improvement of surrounding waterfronts, businesses, and tourist attractions. It is between two major employers of computer and Information Technology professionals, as well as near the major Healthcare employers in the State of Washington. Telecommunications is another major industry offering jobs around Hunts Point. Visit: Top 10 Best Hot Jobs in Hunts Point, Washington

Nashville Suburbs

With its gardens, greenways, golf courses, colleges, cultural venues, arts, and music, Belle Meade is one of my favorite places to visit. It is also one of the Wealthiest Towns in America at Number 12 and the home to former Vice President Al Gore. His family has long been active in politics and society in Belle Meade, giving him a background from which to attack problems of climate change and alternative sources of energy in addition to Big Oil. Over 22,000 jobs are listed for the Belle Meade area in May 2011. Learn more at: Belle Meade TN: Richest Places Named by Clowns

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